South Downtown Design + Activation (Soda)
The project seeks to develop a comprehensive vision for the design, implementation and stewardship of the public spaces within San Francisco's South Downtown (composed of the Transbay and Rincon Hill Planning areas), and in doing so, create implementable designs that foster vibrant streets and open spaces, support high performing transit operations, and encourage active transportation choices for the people who live, work and visit the district.
The South Downtown Design and Activation Plan will provide a framework for designing, implementing and managing the public realm in the emergent neighborhood surrounding the Transbay Terminal and Rincon Hill. The plan area covers a quadrant of roughly 30 blocks of the city bounded by Market Street, The Embarcadero, Bryant Street and 2nd Street.
Fifteen years ago, much of the district was characterized by surface parking lots and light industrial land uses. Today, the district is experiencing a wave of development by both public sector actors. This development reflects the legacy of roughly fifteen years of city planning efforts for the district.
The construction of the Transbay Transit Center will greatly improve access to Downtown, especially from the East Bay while a wave of new residential and commercial high-rises (over 20 at last count) will, in addition to permanently altering the city's skyline, dramatically increase the volume of people living, working and visiting the area.
This plan will be co-authored by The East Cut Community Benefit District (CBD). By collaborating with the CBD, the city will be in close contact with the neighborhood needs and desires from this planning effort. Consolidating our efforts will lead to quicker outcomes and a more cohesive strategy for the neighborhood.
|Spring 2017||Interagency Coordination; Background Research|
|Summer 2017||Develop communications plan|
|August 2, 2017||First Outreach Event: Kickoff and Project Overview|
|August - December 2017||Focused Outreach Events, Lunch-and-Learns|
|September 10, 2017||Walking Tour and Street Party|
|October 30, 2017||Community Workshop Number 2|
|May 5, 2018||Spear Street Cul-de-Sac Park Pop-up Party|
|Spring 2018||Soda Studio: Focused pop-up lunchtime outreach events for office workers|
|Spring 2018||Pop-up Planning Office at 160 Spear Street|
|Spring 2019||Focused Outreach Events to Property Owners, Tenants and Merchants along Corridors with Near-Term Streetscape Projects|
|May 16 & 18, 2019||Community Workshop Number 3|
|Fall 2019||Plan Launch Party and Open House|
|Winter 2019||Plan Approvals|
Community Open House 3 – May 16 & 18, 2019
Pop-Up Party to Explore Potential Future Park in Spear Street Cul-de-Sac – May 5, 2018
- Park Design Concept 1: Frequencies (Paulina Buchik and Jolene Juseff)
- Park Design Concept 2: Portals and Pockets (Quinn Hammond, Lori Martinez, Tracy Nguyen)
- Park Design Concept 3: Windscape/Landscape (Younghun Song, Tina Wang, Willie Wu)
- Park Design Concept 4: East Cut Grid (Troy Hughes, Sharon Lam, Shunta Moriuchi)
- Photo Gallery
Community Open House 2 – October 30, 2017
Community Open House 1 – August 2, 2017